Derby contenders likely to emerge from Street Sense Stakes

Renaissance Frolic wins the Armed Forces Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Coglianese Photos/Lauren King. The Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs may not be a graded stakes race, but it’s proved to be a useful guide to the Kentucky Derby preps. Several horses that ran prominently in the past four years would qualify for the Kentucky Derby: 2013 third-place finisher Ride On Curlin, 2014 third-place finisher Far Right, the first two in 2015 (Mo Tom and Tom’s Ready), and [...]

Champagne Stakes an Intriguing Puzzle for Punters

The Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park is one of the best juvenile races in the country, and its winner earns direct entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. But trying to select a winner when there is so little exposed form can be a difficult task. Despite its grade one status, only Firenze Fire among the 12 Champagne Stakes entries has run in a graded stakes race, winning the Sanford [...]